Posted by Yacine Rezgui – Developer Relations Engineer
Bettering privateness stays a high precedence on Android. We have been investing within the platform to provide customers extra management, improve transparency, and cut back the scope of entry to personal information.
Final 12 months, we launched a brand new characteristic to emphasise this technique: the Android photograph picker. The photograph picker is a browsable interface that presents the consumer with their media library, sorted by date from latest to oldest, and integrates properly along with your app’s expertise with out requiring media storage permissions!
It permits customers to browse their photograph gallery and grant entry to particular gadgets to an app. It’s a strong instrument permitting you to shortly add a photograph choice characteristic to your apps with out having to develop a posh in-house picker from scratch. It additionally eliminates the necessity to keep advanced logic for dealing with permissions and querying MediaStore, enabling you to avoid wasting effort and time that will in any other case be spent on coding and debugging.
The photograph picker is simple to implement, as you solely want to incorporate just a few strains of code with the help library. Moreover, it’s extremely configurable, so you possibly can customise the consumer expertise in accordance with your app’s particular wants.
Availability throughout all Android variations
One key piece of suggestions we’ve heard from builders is the shortage of help for older gadgets, making upkeep expensive when it comes to improvement. We’re happy to announce that, as a part of the ActivityX 1.7.0 launch, the Photograph Picker help library will use a backported model offered by Google Play providers on gadgets operating Android KitKat (4.4) and later!
To allow the backported photograph picker:
- Replace the ActivityX dependency to the model 1.7.0
- Add the next code snippet that provides the Google Play Companies module dependency in your AndroidManifest.xml. It instructs Google Play providers to arrange the backported photograph picker module whereas putting in or updating your utility (you possibly can learn extra within the documentation.
Register an exercise outcome with PickVisualMedia or PickMultipleVisualMedia and launch the photograph picker.
And that’s it! In lower than 10 strains of code, you have got a permission-less photograph picker with a pleasant UX that blends properly into your utility, and you’ve got a single code path for sustaining the characteristic’s performance for all Android variations operating KitKat and above.
Since our final weblog publish, we began rolling out help for the GET_CONTENT intent within the Android photograph picker every time the required MIME kind filter matches picture/* and/or video/*. Because the rollout will proceed within the upcoming months, be certain that to check your app as soon as your machine has the characteristic enabled:
Later this 12 months, the photograph picker will seamlessly help cloud storage suppliers like Google Images, permitting customers to pick their distant content material with out having to go away your app, and with none code change on the builders aspect.
When you have any suggestions or recommendations, submit tickets to our difficulty tracker.